Possession Held Fast!”
“Issachar is a strong ass, couching down between the sheepfolds (burdens). And he saw the rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed the shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.” Genesis 49:12-13
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” 1 Chronicles 12:32
Jacob’s Prophetic Blessing
The scriptures in Genesis 49:1 recount that, as his last act, Jacob gathered together his twelve sons to bless them EACH with an anointing for a special prophetic role to fulfill in the last days. Genesis 49:1 states:
“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days,”
and again in verse 28, the addition that: he blessed them, each one according to his own blessing:
“All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.“
Even before the foundation of the world, the Almighty (Yahuwah is his name) planned a special blessing for each tribe’s special role in the latter days. On Jacob’s deathbed, he prophesied over each son as he was given unction by the Spirit of the Almighty. We will also show in this opening article, as well as successive articles, that Father displayed the message of Genesis 49, the prophecy and role of Issachar (and the other tribes), the Two Houses, as well as the complete redemptive plan in the pictures of the constellations.
The Twelve Houses of the Zodiac and the Twelve Tribes of Israel
The zodiac (or mazzaroth) is a heavenly Bible tract containing the good news of the gospel, the redemptive plan. The story and the promise of His salvation through the lamb (Aries the ram) is written above us. It begins with the virgin (Virgo or Bethulah) and ends with the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who conquers (Leo the Lion). It is written in the heavens where no man can reach so as to corrupt it.
Jacob’s blessing imparted an anointing and providential script that would travel down each son’s lineage. It seems to have contained within it a command also to each successor down through the bloodline and DNA. Jacob’s command, as his last utterance before giving up the ghost, was his spiritual last will and testament to the progeny for each future son to instinctively fulfill his unique role in the divine Plan, each prophetic word as an arrow shot into the future:
“And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.“
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:4-5.
The Hebrew word used here for command is dabar. This word generally means to speak, declare, warn, threaten, command, promise, sing…etc. Wikipedia states, “In the Hebrew Bible, dabar is sometimes used in reference to the “Divine Word,” and in an active sense as a “word event,” or prophetic words.” One can find the word dabar used approximately 400 out of 1100 occurrences of the verb in the phrase ‘and God said/promised/commanded’.
So, we have father Jacob, also named Israel, prophesying to his twelve sons and down through their respective lineages to command each their own unique role and destiny in the final wrapping up of things. So, where are they now?
The Twelve Tribes and the Last Days
Many believers today say that genealogies are unnecessary and burdensome and no longer serve a fruitful purpose in a spiritual context. Genesis 49 clearly shows prophesies uttered from Jacob to his sons, tasks that they will fulfill in the last days. Without genealogies, who can find these people?
Today, we hear only of “Jews” as the remaining Israelites in the world. The Bible does not use the term “Jew”. The word Jew is a modern term with a modern definition. Judaism comes from the word Judah, or Judah-ism, and Judah is only one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Jacob). So where are the other tribes? Are they lost?
We do not need to trace our genealogy and ancestry in order to determine whether or not we are “covenant people.” Our covenant, the New Covenant in the blood of Messiah, is by grace through faith as an individual contract one-on-one with the Father through Messiah Yahushua. However, there is still a benefit to understanding if we descend from the House of Israel or Judah. Except that we might have been left clues as to our identity, some of us may have to wait until Messiah Yahushua identifies our tribe (the Hebrew name, Yahushua יְהוֹשֻׁעַ – is often mistranslated or transliterated as “Jesus” or “Joshua.” Yahushua is literally in English, “Yah is Salvation.”) .
To many within the Christian denominations, the thought of being related to one of the twelve tribes seems irrelevant. The present day church teaches that Christians are now Spiritual Israel and that physical, literal descendancy from Israel/Jacob is no longer relevant or important. Further, they believe that the only ones that have been descended from Israel are the Jews (a fraction of the tribes ofJudah). The church does not even consider the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel had disappeared after the Assyrian captivity (likely, because the church does not really focus on the Old Testament).
However, the apostles, who were Hebrews from the House of Judah, knew exactly where the twelve tribes were. James was writing to all of them, in James 1:1!
“James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.” James 1:1
Indeed, Yahushua also spoke of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel:
Matthew 10:6 [Yahushua speaking:] “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Lost 10 tribes comprising the House of Israel).“
Matthew 15:24 “But he [Yahushua] answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.“
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost [the house of Israel].“
John 10:3 “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice” [Yahushua was speaking to the people THEN about the ministry that would follow to the tribes whom Yahuwah divorced, even from the commonwealth of Israel, just as the book of Hosea speaks about.]
Two Houses, Twelve (plus 1) Tribes
There were TWO nations or ‘houses’ created during the division of Israel as a country after King Solomon’s death. The nation of Israel split into the House of Israel in the north and the House of Judah in the south. The House of Judah consisted of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, along with a portion of Levi. Levi was the priestly tribe which was actually spread out among all the tribes, but seems to have migrated mainly toward Judah after Solomon’s death when Israel split into two nations.
The House of Israel contained ten of the tribes of Israel. In the years of approximately 740-722 B.C., the Assyrians invaded, conquered and carried away the House of Israel into captivity as Yahweh’s judgment for their incessant idolatry. Some left before the Assyrians arrived. Many Assyrian captives eventually migrated up through the Caucasus mountains into the steppes of Russia to the north, and then to the west into Europe, especially northern Europe. This is why Anglo-Saxons are called, “Caucasians”. Caucasians are Israelites! They are called “Saxons” because of being descended from Isaac, for God prophesied to Abraham that through Isaac his seed would be named. Saxons are “Isaac’s sons”.
Others followed other migration patterns after leaving the land. The House of Israel was eventually scattered throughout all the nations, to the four corners of the earth, becoming “Gentiles” or “goyim”, as the prophet Hosea said would happen.
Future Regathering of His People
Consequently, it is important that we know who we are and where we came from. There are important prophesies that must be fulfilled in the end times. Zechariah 10:8 states that Father will hiss or whistle for us and call from us to gather us back from the four corners of the world where He has scattered us.
“I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as that they have increased.”
And again in Isaiah 5:26, we have the hissing or the whistling again,
“And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly…”
Issachar and the Sheepfolds
Jacob’s prophesy to his son, Issachar, stated, “Issachar is a strong ass, crouching between two burdens. When he saw that a resting place was good. And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, and became a slave/servant under tribute/forced labor.” A key to understanding Issachar is found in the heavens, as each tribe of Jacob correlates to one of the 12 sectors or houses of the constellations of the heavens. The Mazzaroth, or Zodiac, is the story of the plan of redemption written in the sky where no man can reach or corrupt it. The beginning is the virgin in Virgo and plays out around the constellations until you have Leo, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who conquers!
Issachar’s sign is Cancer. E. W. Bullinger has this to say about Issachar in his books, “Witness of the Stars” and “Companion to the Bible”:
“Cancer the Crab. Messiah’s possessions held fast. In the Zodiac of Denderah and Esneh, it is a sacred beetle. Its name there given is Klaria = cattle folds. Arabic name is Al Sarta’n = He Who holds or binds together (Gen. 49:11). The Greek name is Karkinos =encircling; the same as the Latin, Cancer, from Arabic Khan, an Inn, and Ker, or Cer,=encircling. The ancient Accadian is Su-kul-na= the seizer, or possessor of seed. A bright cluster is called Praesepe=a multitude or offspring. The brightest star is Tegmine= holding. Another is Acubene=the sheltering or hiding place. Another, Ma’alaph=assembled thousands. North and south of Praesepe are two bright stars, Assellus North and Assellus South and their sign is 69, and called the two asses, connecting it with Cancer, which is the sign of Issachar. (ep. Genesis 49:14, Numbers 2:5).
Esoterica Online further states of Assellus and Cancer: “Two of these stars are: Delta Cancri or Asellus australis, also known as the Southern Donkey, and gamma Cancri, aka Asellus borealis, or the Northern Donkey. These 2 donkeys together were referred to in Latin as the Asselli. Other names were “A Resting Place” or “Ending of a Stop.””
Yahshua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey AND her colt, fulfilling the picture in the stars of Cancer, the Redeemer King, the two donkeys, and the prophesy in Zechariah 9:9-13.
Issachar Protects the Sheepfolds – the Two Houses of Israel (Judah & Israel/Ephraim)
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee; When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up they sons, O Zion, against they sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.”
Note in the above passage that the king would come riding on an ass AND her colt. It is also significant that scripture uses again the imagery and type of a bow and arrow, for we are speaking of the literal descendants of Jacob who formed the nation of Israel but split into two nations or houses, to wit: the House of Israel in the north and the House of Judah in the south. The bow and arrow are Jacob’s, and when he prophesied to his sons on his deathbed, he launched a military assault upon his enemies way into the future.
Ephraim was the firstborn and had the right to use the name Israel for its nation. The house or nation of Judah was not referred to as Israel, but only by the name Judah, wherein we later have the term “Jew”. In this passage, the two are come together in a mighty way, to fulfill Jacob’s prophecy as arrows in Jacob’s quiver and possess the gates of his enemies in the last days. The 2 Houses come back together under their Redeemer King, Messiah Yahshua who prophetically rode into Jerusalem on the two asses, the assellini, depicted in Cancer and the book of Zechariah.
As portrayed in his sign in the heavens, Issachar’s job is to help bind together, protect, and hold fast the sheep of the Two Sheepfolds, the north and the south, until they are One Sheepfold under Messiah.This is also what was being discussed in Matthew 21:2-7, Mark 11:2-7, and Luke 19:30 regarding the donkey and her colt.
“Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them, and bring them to Me. “And if anyone says something to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” Now this took place that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying,“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” And the disciples went and did just as Yahshua had directed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid on them their garments, on which He sat.” Matthew 21:2-7.
Union of Two Houses – Judah and Israel (Ephraim) – One New Man – 2 Sticks Become One in Messiah’s Hand
This event and correlation to the zodiacal story in the stars contained in the house of Cancer, Issachar’s sign, the redemption plan and the Two Houses is unmistakable. Messiah IS our Resting Place! He is our Shelter and Holding Place, and He is the possessor of seed! He is the Head, the One who will make ONE NEW MAN out of the dead dry bones of the 2 Houses, the House of Israel and the House of Judah who are His body. They will be One Stick in Messiah’s Hand (Ezekiel 37).
Issachar has a role to fulfill in the latter days in holding fast to and guarding the Sheep of His Sheepfold(s). One day, they will no longer be apart, but be One in Him. This website is dedicated to this mission, which is Messiah’s heart and purpose for these last days, as Ezekiel prophesied in Ezekiel 34:12-16:
“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock
In the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered;
So will I seek out my sheep,
And will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the people,
And gather them from the countries,
And will bring them to their own land,
And feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers
And in all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture,
And upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be:
There shall they lie in a good fold,
And in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
I will feed my flock,
And I will cause them to lie down, saith the LORD God (Yahweh Elohim).
I will seek that which was lost,
And bring again that which was driven away,
And will bind up that which was broken,
And will strengthen that which was sick:
But I will destroy the fat and the strong;
I will feed them with judgment.”
In the last couple of decades, the awareness of the 2 Houses of Israel and the Lost Tribes has increased greatly. Here is a video from a man in Israel, Yair Davidiy, of BritAm.org, who has dedicated his entire life’s work to awakening both houses:
|“I am a father to Israel, and EPHRAIM is my firstborn” (Jeremiah 31:9)|
|“Declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel
will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10)
|“Behold, these (Israel in the isles) shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west. . . ” (Isaiah 49:12)|
|“The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait (cramped) for me: give a place to me that I may dwell.” (Isaiah 49:20)|
“Lo these shall come from the North and West“
|“Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far . . . Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (Isaiah 49:1,3)|
|“I will save the house of JOSEPH, and I will bring them . . . for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off . . . ” (Zechariah 10:6)|